X
GO
Sunny Hill residents, staff host own Alzheimer’s walk
Tammy Reiher

Sunny Hill residents, staff host own Alzheimer’s walk

JOLIET – The first group of wheelchairs and those pushing them stepped off at 10 a.m., stopping briefly to mug for a camera before heading out to complete their walk.  

Residents and others participated in Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County’s 1-mile Alzheimer’s walk, enjoying temperatures in the 70s and an occasional light breeze.   

The Friday, Sept. 21, walk, ahead of the Oct. 6 Will County walk at Rock Run Forest Preserve, was the brainchild of Charlotte Mather, Admissions and Marketing Coordinator, and Danette Krieger, Activities Director. 

“I’m always amazed at the things that Administrator Becky Haldorson and her staff do with the residents,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “They do so much to keep the residents active and a part of the communities the seniors helped build.”

“We’ve thought about doing a walk here at Sunny Hill for years,” said Mather. “We wanted to get more of our residents involved.”

She said it was getting harder on the six to eight residents who would attend, requiring them to get up early to get to the annual walk on time. In addition, the last few years were a little cool and drizzly, making it uncomfortable for Team Sunny Hill members in their wheelchairs.

In comparison, 40 residents participated in the Sept. 21 event. Each resident was pushed in a wheelchair by a staff member, volunteer or family member on the nearly 1 mile route around part of the Health Department, behind Sunny Hill and down and around the parking lot and back in the front door.

Some, like Ursula Markowicz, who has called Sunny Hill home for almost a year, had never seen the backside of the building. After her lap, she stayed outside near Mather.

“I loved it,” she said. “I just like getting out.”

Marcowicz is already looking ahead to 2019. “I hope (they do it again),”

Halfway through the walk, on the backside of the facility near a wooded area, there was water and juice for those wanted some and for the first hour – cheerleaders!

Pam Terry, a job coach with the Joliet Central Transition Center, said she brings a group of young people ages 18 to 21 to Sunny Hill twice a week.

“We come to Sunny Hill every Wednesday and Friday and do activities. This is our job today,” she said as Destiny McDonald beeped a horn and Noah Baker pointed the way while shouting encouraging words. Gabe Galicia, Erika Vallejo and Erika Gutierrez also cheered the walkers on.

Mather explained the Sunny Hill event was an open walk, meaning participants could go at any time between the set hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. That made it easier for those who wanted a leisurely breakfast or early lunch. It also made scheduling easier for those who accompanied the residents.

Before anything was scheduled, however, Krieger pushed a resident in a wheelchair to ensure that it was a safe route for the walkers.

“That’s the most important thing – our residents’ safety,” said Mather.

Between donations at Sunny Hill, online contributions and the 50/50 raffle, for which dedicated residents had sold tickets for the two weeks leading up to the event, Team Sunny Hill raised $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Sunny Hill Nursing Home is under County Executive Walsh’s office. For more information, go to www.willcountyillinois.com or visit Sunny Hill on Facebook.

Previous Article Strategic Partnership between OSHA and Will County ensures
Next Article Walsh to be honored at Solid Gold brunch on Sunday, Oct. 28
Print
2511

Tammy ReiherTammy Reiher

Public Information Officer

Other posts by Tammy Reiher

Contact author

x
Press Contacts

Anastasia Tuskey
Communications Director
Ph: 815-740-8376

Tammy Reiher
Public Information Officer
Ph: 815-774-7485

«January 2021»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2728293031
Will County Office Building closed Fri. Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day

Will County Office Building closed Fri. Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day

The Will County Office Building will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 in observance of New Year's Day.
Read more
12
345
County Executive Bertino-Tarrant appoints five to Will County boards

County Executive Bertino-Tarrant appoints five to Will County boards

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant appointed five people to boards in December.

Read more
678
AgeGuide - Needs Assessment Survey

AgeGuide - Needs Assessment Survey

Share your opinion, shape your community. You are invited to take a 15-20 minute survey about aging services.

Read more
9
10111213141516
17
Will County still in Tier 3 mitigations for COVID-19

Will County still in Tier 3 mitigations for COVID-19

With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois and the nation, the state is committed to listening to public health experts and following the science to keep people safe. Tier 3 builds on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan first released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and ensure our hospitals do not become overrun.
Read more
181920212223
24252627282930
31123456

Tags

100th birthday 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Passport event acting Chief Judge David Carlson adult detention affordable Alison.com All Nations Church of God in Christ Alzheimer's walk America Recycles Day American Legion Post 1080 American Recycles Day Animal Control Arsenal Road assistance BBQ luncheon Becky Haldorson Bertino-Tarrant Bolingbrook Park District bonds book event book recycling book recycling and reuse event book reuse and recycling Brayden Caraynoff-Haber Bruce Gould businesses career Caroline Portlock cash reserves CBS 2 Chicago census Charlotte Mather chicago Street Citizen Utility Board Citizens Utility Board city closings Clothes 4 Work CMAP ComEd Community Development of Block Grant contact tracing cooling centers coronavirus cost savings council county county board chairs County Executive Denise Winfrey County Executive Larry Walsh County Office Building covid covid-19 C-Pace Curt Paddock Danette Krieger David Dubois Deborah Alexander Deirdre Manigo Denise Winfrey Diane Brozman digital safety Director Curt Paddock distressed Dr. L.P. Schild drive-through job fair early voting Earth Day Earth Flag Awards Eastside Green House economic development Eden Community Garden electronic recycling electronics recycling Emergency Management Agency employment energy conservation energy efficiency Erin Kohl Ethics Adviser Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant extreme heat federal fees financial savings fiscal health flu food bank forklift drivers Frankfort Township Friends of Sunny Hill funding future gardening Gertrude Hoover Green Team groundbreaking Harold Damron health Health Department healthcare heroin legislation forum hero helps addiction trea Historic Preservation Commission holiday bazaar holiday gift show and luncheon holiday string lights holidays hospital Household Hazardous Waste HVAC IDPH Illinois Extension Service Illinois Recycling Foundation insulation interview Janine Farrell Jason Holicky Jeff Hubrich Jennifer Bertino Tarrant JJC City Center Campus Joan O'Keefe job creation job fair job search jobs John Greuling John Ocansey Joliet Joliet Arsenal Development Advisory Board Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk Joliet Park District Joliet Slammers Joyce Parker Judge David Carlson Karen Sorbero Kathy Pecora Land Use Department Larry Walsh Lauren Staley Ferry Lewis University library lighting fixtures liquor license Madison Curran maintenance Marta Keane Marth Sojka mask material handlers mechanic Melissa Hemzacek Memorial Day Midwest Classics on 66 Museum Midwest Renewable Energy Association Mike Bell Mobile Workforce Center Monee Park District Monee Township Moody Investor Service mortgage assistance Moving Will County municipal Music and memory NACo National Hookup of Black Women National Recycling Coalition nctv 17 neuter/spay new year's day Nick Palmer non profit Northeastern Illinois Organix Pam Rodriguez pandemic paper shredding Pastor Dwayne Barfield Penny Curran permits Pilcher Park Pilcher Park Nature Center Plainfield United Methodist portal Prairie State Legal Services public building pumpkin composting Pumpkin Pitch quarantine rating Recyclepalooza recycling registration renewals rent assistance residents Resource Recovery and Energy Resource Recovery and Energy Division resume Resume Gallery Rethink Water campaign ribbon Rolonda Mitchell rural historic structures Samantha Bluemer Savers Savers. WJOL school bus driver school garden Scott Slocum security officers Seeds of Change Grant Program seniors Sharefest sick sign language skills solar solar group buy Solarize Chicagoland Spirit of Community Caring Award St. Vincent DePaul Standard and Poor's stay home Sunny Hill Nursing Home Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County Susan Flessner Susan Olenek swimming pools taxpayers Ted Slowik testing textile collection textile recycling The Daily Southtown The Friends of Sunny Hill Inc. thermal Three Rivers Association of Realtors Tim Anderson tire collection USAgain vaccinations vaccine veterans Veterans Day vision and hearing screening vow renewal warming centers Warren-Sharpe Community Center Washington Township Wayne Breitbarth We Will Grow Garden Program weather related closings West Nile Virus will Will County Will County Board Will County Center for Community Concerns Will County Clerk Will County Executive Denise Winfrey Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant Will County Executive Larry Walsh Will County Executive Larry Walsh Midwest Renewabl Will County Farm Bureau Will County Health Department Will County Historic Preservation Commission Will County Land Use Department Will County Office Building Will County Office Buildng Will County TB clinic Will County Veterans Affairs Commission Will County Workforce Center Will County Workforce Services Division William E. Young School WJOL Workforce Center of Will County Workforce Investment Board Workforce Services Division Workforce Services Division of Will County Workforce Services Division releases November work workshops Youth Provider Workshop